Energy Roulette Week

The Antithesis of Earth Hour

A Reality Game for those Concerned about the Future for their Families

The Carbon Sense Coalition today called on electricity consumers to boycott Earth Hour grandstanding by pampered people too silly to recognise the realities and benefits of reliable electricity.

The Chairman of Carbon Sense, Mr Viv Forbes, is supporting an alternative proposal that “Earth Hour” be replaced by “Energy Roulette Week”.

The Earth Hour people turn off a few lights on a balmy night for a romantic hour in candle-light (incidentally generating twice as much CO2 as light bulbs for the same amount of light). This is unrealistic green tokenism.

The tokenism of Earth Hour is further illustrated by holding it on the autumn equinox, a day half-way between the temperature extremes of mid-summer and mid-winter. This is the day least likely to be uncomfortable for the beautiful people who give up their electric lights, TV and air-conditioners for just one hour, while they have a pleasant hour sipping champagne (and releasing its carbon dioxide) on candle-lit balconies.

Learn the value of reliable electricity

“Energy Roulette Week” is a reality game designed to illustrate what the future holds if green governments continue to undermine 24/7 power (generated by coal, gas, hydro or nuclear), by increasing our dependence on fickle winds, the peek-a-boo-sun or smart-meter rationing.

“Energy Roulette Week” will give all players a real insight into what life without reliable electricity would be like. The lack of power can be due to insufficient generating capacity or merely the inability to pay the power bill. The result is the same.

Everyone will be encouraged to play this game. It is only a game, but because of its realism, most players will chicken out after the first “black day”.

To maximise the learning potential of the game, “Energy Roulette Week” is best started on the summer solstice (21st December) or the winter solstice (21st June). Or if you are too weak for a real test, join the greens on a balmy equinox.

To prepare for the game, take a well-shuffled pack of cards and deal out 7 cards, face down, and place them in seven separate identical envelopes.

These are the rules for playing:

  • On the start day at 5:00 pm select one envelope and take out the card.
  • If it is a red card, just continue living as normal.
  • If it contains a black card (soon renamed a “black-out card” by the kids), go out to your power box and turn off all power and continue living your life to the best of your ability. At 8:00 am next morning turn your power back on.
  • If the card is the Joker, leave the power off until 12 noon the next day.
  • At 5:00 pm that evening take out another card, and continue this process until all seven envelopes have been opened.
  • Because black-outs are usually unexpected, the rules do not permit premature preparation of the evening meal, early showering or taping favourite TV shows. And because those trying to cripple carbon energy oppose the production of carbon dioxide, the rules also prohibit the use of kerosene, bottled gas, candles, petrol generators or motor cars.
  • Hopefully you won’t get seven black cards!
  • If you had a real-life “black-card” day, it would be due to local load shedding, or widespread problems with the generation network.
  • If you have real-life load-shedding, so does everybody else in the neighbourhood; so the rules prohibit slipping next door for a cuppa on your black-day!

And if in real life it was due to insufficient generating capacity across the whole city, the blackout would probably last for days, not hours, and your experience would be magnified 100 fold. (So no visits to shops, no food, no refrigeration, no petrol pumps or traffic lights, no public transport, schools or hospitals, no security, no TV, no recharging iPods and iPhones! Even worse would be to live at the bottom of a hill and there is no power to pump the sewerage away, it may come gushing up out of your toilet.)

You may appeal: “But I can’t play – I have a family member on a life-support device.” All the more reason for you to play, to ensure you always have a charged battery back-up to keep your loved one alive. If not, they could end up dead in the real energy roulette being imposed on us.

Of course this will never be a popular game because it is not pleasant being without reliable electricity.

But there are thousands of people who are already playing the game in real life, every day. They can no longer afford the cost of both green power and food so they turn the power off; or the power companies turn it off for them; or the wind drops or a cloud covers the sun, and green energy fails; or its rapid fluctuations cause a collapse in the electricity grid. For them it’s not just a few hours of inconvenience – it’s Perpetual Power Purgatory.

If this is what you want for your children and grand-children that’s OK. If you don’t, start waving placards that say “Stop the War on Carbon – 24/7 reliable, economical power forever”.

Viv Forbes, BScApp, FAusIMM

The Carbon Sense Coalition.

Rosewood Qld Australia

Disclosure: Viv Forbes was not paid by the Climate Commission or the Carbon Energy Industry to say this. But he does hold shares in a coal exploration company, owns a grazing property and has always supported technologies that produce low-cost reliable electricity with minimal environmental harm.

The idea of Energy Roulette Week was inspired by a proposal from John Ibbotson from Gulmarrad, Northern NSW and published in “The Daily Examiner”.

Brilliant. Makes you think, doesn’t it? – RT

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9 Thoughts on “Energy Roulette Week

  1. Andy on 24/03/2013 at 9:26 am said:

    This will be reality for people living in Britain within the next few years.

  2. Mike Jowsey on 24/03/2013 at 10:41 am said:

    It already is happening in the UK, Andy.

    In Scotland, thousands of homes are without power in Dumfries and Galloway, around Campbeltown in Kintyre, and on the islands of Arran, Islay, Jura and Bute, with blocked roads, high winds and blizzards hampering the repair effort.

    Northern Ireland Electricity said it could be days before all the power supply problems there are fixed.

    And about 2,000 homes in north Wales are without electricity after heavy snow.

    My son is managing a dairy farm in Dumfries – no contact for days. I guess that means no power.

    • Mike – I have seen pictures from Scotland, plus also these pictures of Bradford from EURef

      I hope you hear from your son soon. My parents lived in Dumfries and Galloway for 25 years.
      It is a lovely part of Scotland, currently being destroyed by windfarms (10% of the region is scheduled to be covered in windfarms)

      The problem is not just gas rationing, but that coal fired power stations will go offline soon to meet the large combustion plant directive. Around 45-50% of Britain’s energy comes from coal, then gas. So if they switch off the coal, they have to shift to gas, and there isn’t any. Again EURef provides the info (and has been banging on about the energy crisis in the UK for years)

    • Mike Jowsey on 24/03/2013 at 1:35 pm said:
  3. Good news for the Brits is that they are currently getting 14% of their electricity from Wind (usually this sits around the 0-3% mark)

    Coal is 42%, nuclear 21%, CCGT (gas) 13%

    When those gales subside, the gas demand will spike again

  4. Richard C (NZ) on 24/03/2013 at 2:29 pm said:

    Booker in The Telegraph:-

    ‘It’s payback time for our insane energy policy’

    Like watching a slow-motion train wreck unfold.

    • Man found dead in snow drift

      A man has been found dead in deep snow after attempting to walk home through blizzards that also left tens of thousands of homes without power and left dozens of motorists stranded in snow drifts up to 15 feet high.


      In Cumbria, 72 motorists were left trapped in their cars on Friday night and specialist teams had to deploy special vehicles with caterpillar tracks to complete a rescue operation
      Gary Parsons, Bay Search and Rescue’s station officer, said: “They were all a little bit chilly and shaken. The snow came down so fast and it was driven by the wind – that was the big factor. It got up to 14 or 15 feet around hedges.

      Overnight 200,000 electricity customers suffered a blackout in Northern Ireland while 14,000 houses in Scotland and 1,500 properties in Cumbria were also left without power.

      Engineers were still working to restore power to 35,000 homes on Saturday morning, Northern Ireland Electricity said. Electricity North West said it had restored power to all but 450 customers.

      There were more than 3,000 homes without power in north Wales while Scottish Power said 6,000 homes in Wigtownshire, Portpatrick and Newton Stewart in Dumfries and Galloway were still without electricity
      Greg Dewhurst, a Met Office forecaster, said it was expected to be the largest snowfall for 32 years.

      “There hasn’t been an equivalent snowfall in terms of the amount of snow since 1981,” he said.

  5. Alexander K on 24/03/2013 at 8:29 pm said:

    Sadly, the UK’s mad energy policy is still not being seen for what it is by most politicians and journalists there. The current UK Daily Mail leads with the shock headline that the cold Winter has hastened the deaths of at least 5000 citizens this winter. Energy poverty created by political means seems absolutely and wantonly criminal and quite avoidable to me.

  6. Off topic.
    Bloggies awards just announced

    (* rustle rustle, and the winners are … *)
    best political blog:

    James Delingpole

    Weblog of the Year


    Best Australian or NZ weblog

    Australian Climate Madness

    What a great day for “anti-science” (sic)

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